I’ve lived in apartments all my adult life. Basic ones, not badly constructed, but nothing fancy. Like Home Depot spit up in them. (No offense to Home Depot, love that place.) You know, basic cabinets made up of wood or a wood like substance. Counter tops that came out of a kindler, gentler time when yellow didn’t have to look like the sun.
Walls are always white. Heater vents are white. Any drawers or shelves or closet doors that are part of the apartment, white, white, white.
Which means just one thing: they get dirty faster. Correction, they don’t get dirtier any faster than a nice stainless steel counter top, let’s say; you can just see it faster. Which means you have to clean it more often. And when you think you’ve got something clean, that just exposes another area. Don’t dare move an appliance or the area underneath will make your skin crawl.
So you scrub. And you scrub. The counter tops, the sink, the refrigerator, the white walls, the white closet doors, all the white white white!
As I finished today I thought of all the times that I’d asked landlords, why white? And they said how it was easier to adjust from tenant to tenant. Cheaper to paint over. I sat down with a cool iced tea and looked at the counter tops, the refrigerator. And then it dawned on me. It wasn’t the landlords. It was the cleaning supply companies!
Yeah I’m talking to you Proctor and Gamble and you Prestige, and yes, even you Arm /and /Hammer. You’ve been infiltrating contractors, builders, architects and all of the major home improvement stores to make sure that everything that was designed, built and sold for most homes and apartments was white. Or some slight off-shoot of it. So that all of the people that were raised in the suburbs on clean, shiny homes and lawns would have to maintain the appearance. And clean and clean and clean every time something got a little dirty. You should be ashamed of yourself.
And don’t get me started on the toilets.